BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Proposed health insurance changes required by the federal government may provide North Dakotans more benefit options, but the package's $83 million price tag will make it a difficult sell, lawmakers predicted Thursday.

A legislative committee has been working since June to craft a bill that makes the changes before the North Dakota Legislature's special session begins Nov. 7. The panel's chairman, Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, said the committee should finish its work Friday.

The measure is intended to assimilate major provisions of a federal health care reform law that President Barack Obama signed into law last year.

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